LegalTech in Leeds Conference 2023 - Event Agenda

LegalTech in Leeds







LegalTech in Leeds will be hosting its second annual conference on Wednesday 26th April. In advance of the event, the full agenda has been published below.

There's still time to sign-up for the LegalTech in Leeds 2023 Conference - REGISTER HERE.

LegalTech and Innovation in the UK

08:15: Breakfast and Networking 

09:00: Welcome from LegalTech in Leeds

09:10: Welcome from Mark Stuart, Pro Dean, Research & Innovation at University of Leeds

09:15: Opening addresses through a panel style discussion featuring Eve Roodhouse, Chief Officer for Culture and Economy at Leeds City Council and Tom Matusiak, Director at Leeds Law Society

09:35: Panel Discussion on “Evolving UK LegalTech Landscape featuring Julian Wells, Director at Whitecap Consulting (LegalTech in Leeds), Hilary Smyth-Allen, Executive Lead at SuperTechWM, Dagmar Steffens, Head of Strategic Innovation at West of England Combined Authority (Bristol+Bath LegalTech), Rachel Kenyon, Business Engagement Manager at University of Manchester (Manchester Law and Technology) – Chaired by Liam Angus, LawTech Innovation Lead, Barclays Eagle Labs

10:20: Mike Freer MP, Minister for Courts and Legal Services at the Ministry of Justice - In his keynote, Minister Mike Freer will outline how technology and innovation can drive growth for the UK legal sector.

10:30: Coffee/ Refreshment Break

LegalTech and Innovation: Stories from Leeds City Region 

11:00: Shelley Quinn, Director and Abbie Thomas,Trainee Solicitor at Walker Morris

11:10: Sundeep Aulakh, Academic Fellow at University of Leeds

11:20: Olivia Dakin, Senior Manager, Innovation and Legal Technology at Addleshaw Goddard and Anna Hudson, Senior Legal Manager, Transaction Team Lawyer at ASDA

11:30: Patrick Grant, Senior Tutor and Project Director at University of Law

11:40: Louise Bloomfield, Partner and Location Head, David Williams, Partner and Sukhvinder Kaur, Business Improvement & Change Team at DAC Beachcroft DAC Beachcroft

11:50: Steve Bravery, Head of Law at Leeds Trinity University

12:00: Panel discussion on “Future of legal services” featuring: Gary Gallen, CEO at rradar, Angelique de Lafontaine, Head of Legal Operations and Performance at Bupa, Adam Roney, CEO at Calls9, James Croyston, Director at Founders Law - Chaired by Beth Fellner, Director at Legal Geek

12:45: Lunch and Networking  

LegalTech in Leeds Breakout Sessions

13:45: Breakouts x 4-5: Research in LegalTech and Innovation (different formats, roundtable, demonstration etc.) 

University of Leeds 

Format: 1 hour session

Title: AI inLaw Firms – opportunities and challenges.

Description: Panel Q&A followed by round table discussion. 

During this interactive breakout session the panelists will reflect on the status quo of implementation of AI by UK law firms, the opportunities that it presents for law firms and address some of the misperceptions around the application of AI in this context.

The panelists include:

  • Sundeep Aulakh, University Academic Fellow - New World of Work, Leeds University Business School
  • Nabi Omidvar, University Academic Fellow (Associate Professor) of Artificial Intelligence in Financial Services
  • Jim Baxter – IDEA Centre Professional Ethics Consultancy Team Leader, University of Leeds
  • Virag Blazsek – Lecturer in Commercial, Corporate and Banking Law, the University of Leeds School of Law
  • Graham Moore, Managing Director, Katchr

Jungle IT

Format: 30-minute session – will run twice back-to-back 

Title: How preventative technology measures are crucial to protecting operations.


In this session, we'll ask small to medium-sized firms to consider the cost of downtime for their business and explore what preventative technology measures are crucial to protecting operations.

Jungle's Head of Cloud Architecture, David Blythe, will present how a firm went from having a major IT incident to future-proofing their infrastructure. David will draw on a Jungle case study within the legal world to detail how firms can minimise risks associated with technology incidents, sharing best and worst practices.

The session will help you understand the impact of tech issues and what solutions can be implemented to help mitigate the risks, assisting businesses to go from reacting to preparing confidently.

The break-out session is designed to cultivate meaningful conversations, encourage knowledge sharing and create opportunities for peer exchange. The session will deliver value and strategic takeaways for small to medium-sized firms.

Calls9 & University of Law

Format: 1 hour session

Title: Building a Generative AI Assistant - Lessons Learnt

Description: Join Adam Roney, Founder & CEO of Calls9, and Patrick Grant, Tutor & Project Director for LegalTech & Innovation at ULaw, for a captivating open discussion on the application of Generative AI in addressing some of society's most pressing challenges.Adam and Patrick will lead an interactive presentation, exploring the challenges and abundant opportunities this new breed of technology can offer within the legal sector and beyond.Don't miss this chance to engage with industry experts in a lively and thought-provoking conversation.

Cyber Security Partners (CSP) 

Format: 30-minute session – will run twice back-to-back 

Title: The Cyber Security concerns for Small to Medium sized law firms, when digitally transforming your business.


Digital transformation of your company brings many benefits in streamlining your route to market and enabling consistent and accurate responses to your clients. 

But that often means relying on services and expertise outside of your comfort zone and sending data into that big bad word of the ‘internet’. This session will NOT take you through all the bad things that can happen and then magically provide a software solution. What it will do is take you through the steps of establishing your Cyber Security posture when moving to a more digital way of doing business. 

Kevin Else, Consultancy Director at Cyber Security Partners (CSP) , will provide guidance and advice on taking a methodical approach to implementing security around technology used by your business and define the areas of responsibility that you as an organisation, need to take to protect your business and your client’s data.

14:45: Afternoon break 

LegalTech in Leeds Breakout Showcase

15:00: LegalTech in Leeds showcase x 15 pitches from LegalTech innovators (tech/ legaltech firms pitching 5-7 mins) 

1.     Remedy Robin – Winners of the LegalTech in Leeds Hackathon

2.     Abstract Tech

3.     Barrister Link

4.     Cyber Security Partners (CSP

5.      Founders Law

6.     Jungle IT

7.     Just ACCESS

8.     Katchr

9.     Lawtech 365

10.  Legal Studio

11.  Toca

12.  TrialView

13.  SYKE

14.  The Case Law Portal

15.  Talion

17:45: Simon Wright, Chief Operating Officer at Pexa

17:00: Conference Drinks and Networking